Category: Inland Empire

Red Dome

Our introduction to the Sand To Snow National Monument near Palm Springs was a pleasant one! Since we enjoyed exploring the Whitewater Canyon View Loop trail in springtime, I wanted to go back and explore more. So, when we stayed in Joshua Tree last October, we went back and hiked to Red Dome. This mostly

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Stone House and Coyote

I love the desert in cooler months, so I was thrilled when I found out one of our close friends was planning a birthday bash for her fur baby in Joshua Tree last fall. Due to the photo schedule during September and October, I didn’t have much time to explore. I started to feel claustrophobic.

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Whitewater Canyon View Loop

Some hikes are fun. Some hikes are challenging. Some hikes are just peaceful. And then, some hikes awake you. This hike was one of those. This trail is located in Whitewater Preserve in Sand to Snow National Monument. Whitewater Preserve is located 103 miles east of Los Angeles and 16 miles west of Palm Springs.

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Sunset Watching at Kelso Dunes

Kelso Dunes Dog-friendly

After we visited the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah back in 2017, I was hooked! Sand dunes are so cool, and it’s a fun place to explore with your dog. This winter, we headed to another sand dune park that is closer to home. During our recent road trip to the Mojave National Preserve,

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Mojave Desert Lava Tube

Mojave Desert Lava Tube

Mojave Desert Lava Tube is one of the popular destinations in the Mojave National Preserve. This short easy hike is kid-friendly. It begins at the dirt parking lot off Aiken Mine Rd. Although this hike is rated easy based on the distance and elevation gain, it has a few challenges worth mentioning. The first challenge

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Barber Peak Loop

barber peak loop

I’ve wanted to do this hike over two years. I finally got to do it on Xena’s birthday. It was a special day all around. Mojave National Preserve, located in the heart of the Mojave Desert, is 157 miles northeast from Palm Springs, CA. I didn’t know what to expect on our way to Mojave

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Chiquito Falls

Here is another pretty hike in the Cleveland National Forest. The trailhead begins from the same parking lot for the Sitton Peak hike. The single-track dirt path quickly takes you into Decker Canyon and away from the Ortega Hwy (Route 74) noise. The sound of the creek from the canyon was relaxing. It gave me

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